1. To dispose or incline beforehand; to give a predisposition or bias to; as, to predispose the mind to friendship.

2. To make fit or susceptible beforehand; to give a tendency to; as, debility predisposes the body to disease.

<medicine> Predisposing causes, causes which render the body liable to disease; predisponent causes.

Origin: Pref. Pre- + dispose: cf. F. Predisposer.

(01 Mar 1998)